Meet the most delightfully evil man alive, Mr Hyde. A man so evil he punches the cleaner, drop-kicks a precious puffin, and yells ‘shark’ at the beach. From the creators of 2018’s hit Don Juan, this bonkers rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Jekyll and Hyde, is retold by a team of charmingly French performers with the help of the audience. Here in the capital for the month of August, A Slightly Isolated Dog spoke with The Fountain about the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
We are so very excited to be back at the Fringe! We made so many great friends last year and can’t wait to see them again and to make more. What a fantastic party we will have together!
TF: Jekyll and Hyde certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
We are a troupe of very sexy, very French performers tell the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – but we tell it in the form of a chaotic party. We tell the story with the audience in a very delightful and flirty way. The show is a mix of comedy, improvisation, physical theatre, music, and chaos.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We are influenced by a lot of different forms and sources: The Mighty Boosh, Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, etc. The show draws on several different theatrical forms and traditions: clown, character, cabaret, melodrama, commedia, etc. But it’s not any one of those things, it constantly changes and moves to create a party where we can all play together.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Get curious about all the things that are going on around and meet new people. The Fringe is this crazy, city-wide, pop-up community of performers that doesn’t quite happen anywhere else in the world. Get interested in who you meet and the work that you can see. Flyer as much as you can (a human face is always a good persuader), listen out for recommendations for shows (don’t worry about trying to see them all). Also pace yourself, which is advice that we failed to listen to last year.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Jekyll and Hyde?
We will keep touring and developing the show, both in New Zealand and internationally, over the next several years. We are beginning to make a new show now and are bringing in the wider community and our audiences to the creation process. So we’re creating some online processes for engaging with our friends around the world: using this to create another kind of interaction which will find its way into the live show.
You can see Jekyll and Hyde at Assembly George Square Gardens from 1st – 26th August (Not 19th) at 15:00. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com